Thursday, November 5, 2015

FFB News Round Up: BA axes the 4,500 Avios North America short haul award, earn Elevate points with Airbnb, La Quinta to add more luxury redemption options


Virgin America has teamed up with Airbnb. You can now earn Virgin America Elevate points on Airbnb stays. (Source The Points Guy)


British Airways does away with the 4,500 Avios Short Haul Award in North America. (Source Rewards Canada)



If you credit British Airways or Iberia flights to American AAdvantage be prepared to earn less miles in 2016! As of February 1st there will be new AAdvantage mileage earning rates for flying on these two airlines and unless you are flying in Business Class, First Class or full fare premium economy you are going to earn less miles. The biggest hits are to the lower end of the economy class spectrum of course with Discount Economy going to 50% miles from 100% and Deep Discount dropping to 25% from 100%!! Find out more about the British Airways changes here and Iberia changes here. (Source One Mile at a Time)


Aeroplan has made some changes to the Distinction program for 2016. (Thanks to Charles T and Sheri for the notes!) The Distinction only flights have been discontinued as have the SPG redemption bonus. The program sees the addition of Delta Hotels as a Distinction bonus partner. (Source: Rewards Canada)

Royal Air Maroc has added Qatar Airways as a partner in their Safar Flyer program. Members can now earn Safar Flyer miles on Qatar Airways flights. (Source Royal Air Maroc)

Hawaiian Airlines HawaiianMiles members can now earn miles for Coast Hotels stays in the U.S. (Source Hawaiian)


Aegean Airlines Miles+Bonus members can now buy tier miles to reach the next status level before the end of the year. (Source Aegean)
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Rocketmiles
now offers Amazon Gift Cards as an earning option.You can earn up to a $100 Amazon Gift Card per night instead of miles or points. Find out more here.




La Quinta Returns is stating "you'll find even more Luxury Resorts where you can stay using your La Quinta Returns™ points. Watch for new options - experience thousands of qualifying Luxury Resorts worldwide!" Curious to see what luxury resorts are being added! (Source La Quinta)


Starwood Preferred Guest has launched member's only pricing (up to a 10% discount) for bookings made via Starwood. The discount is interesting and may be worthwhile for those who are not CAA/AAA members. If you are a CAA/AAA member you should be able to get a better discount with more favourable cancellation terms. Find out more here.




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